Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) Speaks out in Support of 56 Lawyers Summarily Suspended in Maldives After Calling for Judicial Reform

posted on September 20, 2017

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has joined a number of prominent international non-governmental organisations in calling on the Supreme Court of the Maldives to rescind the indefinite suspension of 56 lawyers who signed a joint petition raising concerns over the conduct of the judiciary and calling for judicial reforms and independence. Following receipt of … Read More >>

Human rights lawyers call for Australia to take action on organ trafficking and organ tourism

posted on September 19, 2017

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has welcomed the opportunity to make a submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Inquiry into Human Organ Trafficking and Organ Transplant Tourism. The Inquiry is seeking to examine whether Australia’s federal criminal laws should extend to conduct that occurs overseas, and whether Australia … Read More >>

Human rights lawyers call for recommendations from People with Disabilities Report to be applied across ACT

posted on September 6, 2017

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) is calling for all 32 recommendations from the report by the Standing Committee on Health, Ageing and Community Services to be immediately applied across all organisations in the Australian Capital Territory to ensure people with disabilities have equal opportunities to employment. ALHR supports all the recommendations including a standalone … Read More >>

Lawyers reject Dutton’s attack on Australian values and Australian lawyers

posted on August 29, 2017

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) condemn Peter Dutton’s attack on our legal system and his attempt to redefine what Australians really stand for. The Minister’s total disregard for each and every person’s right to have legal representation, not just in Australia, but around the world, is extremely worrying. President of ALHR, Benedict Coyne said, “In … Read More >>

PARLIAMENTARY MOTION TO RESETTLE REFUGEES FROM MANUS AND NAURU

posted on August 25, 2017

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) welcomes the motion in the ACT Legislative Assembly today declaring the ACT Government’s willingness to settle refugees from Manus Island and Nauru. The motion acknowledges that refugees in offshore processing centres have been subjected to violent attacks, sexual violence, inadequate medical care, and harassment. It requests the Federal Government … Read More >>

HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYERS WELCOME NEW INTIMATE IMAGE ABUSE LAWS IN A.C.T

posted on August 25, 2017

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) welcomes the Crimes (Intimate Image Abuse) Amendment Bill 2017 (ACT) which now makes it illegal to share an intimate photo without consent. The Crimes (Intimate Image Abuse) Amendment Bill 2017 (ACT) makes it a crime to publish, or threaten to publish, intimate photos and images. The punishment is up … Read More >>

Lawyers call out Tasmanian Government’s calculated move to push hate speech protection laws through Parliament before the federal survey on marriage equality.

posted on August 17, 2017

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) strongly urges the Tasmanian Parliament to reject the Anti-Discrimination Amendment Bill 2016, which ALHR understands is to be debated in the Tasmanian Legislative Council today The Bill proposes to amend the Anti-Discrimination Act 1998 to remove legal protections against discrimination and speech which incites hatred and ridicule for religious … Read More >>

Lawyers reject undemocratic postal opinion poll on the human rights issue of marriage equality

posted on August 16, 2017

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) condemns the Australian Government’s decision to invite voluntary postal views from some Australian voters on the human rights issue of marriage equality. “We support the current constitutional challenge to the funding of this divisive and ridiculous proposal which will not produce a statistically meaningful outcome and is, unhappily, likely … Read More >>

Human Rights Lawyers horrified at legislation penalising homelessness in public areas

posted on August 10, 2017

The NSW Government’s recently-passed legislation regarding public safety on Sydney Crown land, in an attempt to dismantle the homeless camp in Martin Place, is Orwellian, retrograde, and a blatant abuse of human rights, according to Australian Lawyers for Human Rights. “Homelessness is not a lifestyle choice,” said Australian Lawyers for Human Rights Vice President Kerry … Read More >>